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Top 5 Excuses Not to Wear a Life Jacket

You can still have fun on the water while wearing a life jacket and boating responsibly. Here are the top 5 excuses not to wear a life jacket we hear from boaters:

  1. “I have life jackets on board.”

    Having life jackets on board the vessel is not enough. Accidents happen too fast to put on a stowed life jacket.

  2. “I’m a strong swimmer.”

    Even a strong swimmer needs to wear a life jacket. During an emergency, clothing can become heavy or waterlogged while in the water.

  3. “It’s too hot and doesn’t look cool.”

    Old-fashioned, bulky orange life jackets have been replaced with new styles, like inflatable life jackets that may resemble a pair of suspenders or a belt pack. These are much cooler in the warmer weather.

  4. “It gets in the way.”

    There are life jacket styles available for any recreational water activity – fishing, water sports, hunting, paddling and more. There are New "Wear It!" Infographic Take a look at our new infographic and share on your social networks to raise awareness of the importance of wearing a life jacket and boating responsibly.

  5. “Nothing is going to happen to me.”

    Face it, accidents happen. Boating can be a fun, safe and enjoyable activity, but when the “Wear It!” message is ignored, the consequences can be grim.

---National Safe Boating Council. For more information, visit:

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